Summer is supposed to be a long vacation, but as many educators know, summer school for teachers is in full session. Summer is a great time to get additional professional development training, while enjoying long, warm days and vacation time too.
In Bloomington, Indiana, teachers in the largest school districts are making time to empower themselves with additional training, with more detail than is possible during the school year.
Library media specialist Kristi Sutter is enthusiastic about the “life-changing experience” that good training can be for teachers. “We want them to feel empowered to try new things in the classroom,” she said. “That only happens with support.”
Sutter is an organizer for Movable Feast, a workshop held at Bloomington High School which allows teachers to decide which subjects they want to research, with the help of local experts.
“There are about 24 sessions per day, and they can choose what they go to. That’s where we get the name,” said Sutter. “During the school year there are too many things going on to dig in deep.”
Some of the 24 sessions available daily to the more than 60 teachers include grant writing, technology, and assessments.